How to Leave Barcelona Airport and Reach the City Center 🇪🇸


Are you planning a trip to Barcelona and wondering how to get from the airport to the city center? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll cover all the information you need to know to leave Barcelona Airport and start your adventure in Spain.

Firstly, there are three main options for leaving Barcelona Airport and reaching the city center: the train, the metro and the bus. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

The Airport Train

The Barcelona Airport train is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to reach the city center. The R2 North Line leaves from Terminal 2 and runs every 30 minutes from 5:42 am to 11:38 pm. The journey takes around 25 minutes and stops at several stations in the city, including Sants Station, Passeig de Gracia, and El Clot-Arago.

To take the train, you’ll need to purchase a ticket from the vending machines or ticket office at the airport. You will find all the details on the video above.

The Airport Metro

The Barcelona Airport metro is another convenient option for reaching the city center. The L9 Sud Line leaves from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and runs every 7-8 minutes from 5:00 am to midnight (2:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays). The journey takes around 32 minutes and stops at several stations in the city, including Collblanc, Zona Universitaria, and Sagrada Familia.

To take the metro, you’ll need to purchase a ticket from the vending machines or ticket office at the airport. Details on the video above, including a step-by-step description on how to buy the tickets.

The Airport buses

Barcelona airport is covered both by local buses and the Aerobús, the official shuttle service running from the two airport terminals to the center of Barcelona. As it was the case above, you will find all the details on the video.

Other options

If you’re traveling with a lot of luggage or want a more comfortable ride, a taxi is your best option. You will pay whatever is displayed on the taximeter.

What is the best option to leave Barcelona airport?

Your choice will depend on many factors:

  • the address you are heading to in Barcelona.
  • the amount of luggage you are carrying.
  • the day of the week and the time of the day.

If you’d like to know what we think would be the first option for you, drop us a comment either here or at the video in our YouTube channel, and we will try to help with specific instructions.

Barcelona airport is very well connected to the centre of the city, it is just a question of choosing the right transport for you.

76 thoughts on “How to Leave Barcelona Airport and Reach the City Center 🇪🇸”

  1. Tony

    I would very much like your advice on getting from the airport in Barcelona to our VRBO apartment. We are traveling from the United States. The address is Carrer dels Boters 3 Pral. We will arrive on 11th of May. Our flight is scheduled to arrive at 1300 hrs.

    Walker Criswell

    • Hi Walker, if you are traveling with luggage, take a taxi. Your accommodation is in a pedestrian area of the historic centre of Barcelona where public transport doesn’t go.

  2. Hi Tony. I bought a Hola Barcelona card for 48 hours. I would like to ask you if I can travel for free from the airport to the city by train?

  3. Hi Tony. We would like to hear your advice about getting to Eixample from the airport on a sunday afternoon with only one big luggage!

    Thank you!

  4. Hi Tony,
    We are reaching Barcelona on 15th May , 9 am and have hotel accommodation on Carrer del Rosello, 205, 0800.
    Could you pls advise which way of transportation is more convenient ( not necessarily from money pdv ) . Just to mention we are carrying 2 cabin luggage.
    Thank you
    Simona Coman

    • Hi Simona, you could reach the hotel by metro (would have to change metro line once) or, if you want to reach your accommodation directly, no stress involved, we would advise you to take a taxi. All the best.

  5. Hola Tony

    There are many YouTube videos on safety in Barcellona, specifically pickpocketing. Which is safer to travel from the airport to the Aribau 33 · 08011 · Barcelona? There are options between Bus (A2) and Train (R2), we can take either since we will have 1 large piece of luggage and 3 of us. The bus has multiple stops before our stop. Thanks and your videos are very informative. Joe

    • Hi Joe, being three, and with a large item of luggage, we would take a taxi, the safest option by far. You don’t want to fall victim of pickpockets on the way to your hotel. Their alternative would be the Aerobus. All the best.

  6. Hi,

    I’m looking for information on Night bus services i.e., N17 and N18 from airport. I’m travelling solo with just a backpack and arriving at T1 terminal at 1.30 AM on Saturday
    Can I get a T-Usual pass from metro station after 2 AM?
    If I manage to get one, can I use it for night bus services? Please help, there is no information present about it anywhere.


    • Hi Deepesh, you can but the T-usual card from the metro station machines. From Saturday to Sunday the metro runs continuosly, no need to take a night bus.

      • Hi Tony,

        Thank you for your prompt response, I have to catch an early morning flight as well on tuesday, that’s why I wanted to know if the nightlink bus services are included in the T-Usual card.

        Please confirm if I can use T-Usual card for nightlink services without any extra charges?


        • Hi, the night buses do not form part of Barcelona’s integrated transport public system. You will have to pay for them separately.

  7. hi! we are traveling from BCN to “The Moods Oasis” hotel. We only have carry on luggage, and are planning on getting the Hola Barcelona pass. Google Maps had a route that includes the R2N and L3 lines. Would the Hola Barcelona cover this route? Thank you so much for your help!

  8. Hi Tony! We have watched your videos and are excited about the journey to Spain. Would you know the best and safest way for two women to travel from Barcelona Airport to Hotel Castell DEmporda in Girona? Thank you in advance

    • Hi Ashley, we wouldn’t really know how you could possibly reach the hotel (162 km from Barcelona) at that time of the day – other than renting a car. Perhaps you could ask the hotel for advice. All the best.

  9. Hi Tony,,

    From your videos we noticed we could go from the airport to sants station and then girona. What would be the best route for the above? Thank you

    • Hi Ashley, traveling light, take the train to Sants. And then take a high-speed train to Girona. All the best.

  10. Hi Tony. I’m Caryn from Brasil. I’m heading to Girona in early September with heavy luggage. Do you recommend any agency that transfer from BCN to Girona ? Tks

    • Hi Caryn, we are not familiar with agencies doing that type of transfer. You could take a taxi to Sants, that wouldn’t be a problem, but then you should be aware of the luggage restrictions on board the high-speed train.

  11. Hello Tony,
    Thank you for mentioning T-usual card. The website shows different prices form different zones. 20 E card is zone 1 only. Is it enough to visit Barcelona’s top sites? Also, does it cover all Metro lines?
    What would be your advice if we need something to cover transportation to and from the airport (from city center) plus around the city. If we buy a hop-on-hop off bus ticket, do we need a metro ticket for that day as well os is that redundant? We have 5 days in the city and 2 day trips to outside of Barcelona.
    Thank you in advance

    Thank you

    • Hi Kara, the entire city of Barcelona is within zone 1. With the card you can use ALL the transports running within the city of Barcelona. The hop on hop off bus is not part of the public transport system. All the best.

  12. Hi Tony- your videos and information are very very helpful. We are arriving in Barcelona in September – a group of 7. If we take a taxi is the price per person or per destination? Would you recommend a private shuttle or the standard black and yellow taxi? Thank you in advance

    • Hi Scarlet, the price of the taxi is always per vehicle. If you are not traveling with heavy luggage, a taxi van might do, otherwise, you would have to take too – it will probably work out cheaper than a private shuttle.

  13. Hi Tony,
    I’ve watched several of your excellent YouTube videos. Thank you! I have a few questions about transport cards. It appears to me that the T-Usual card is less expensive than the 5-day Hola Barcelona card – is that correct? My family will be in Barcelona 5 days, then Girona for 3 days, and end with 1 more day in Barcelona. Initially, I was planning to do a 5-day Hola BCN card and pay for single tickets on the last day, but now I’m thinking the T-Usual would be a better option. It looks like the T-Usual card covers the same types of transport (Airport metro, metro, bus, train) as the Hola BCN card – is that correct? Are there any important differences? Is the 20 euro price on the T-Usual card available at the airport ticket machines as well as online? I was planning to purchase the tickets in advance online, although it is unclear to me how that works (I saw three online purchase options – website, TMB app, and T-Mobilitat app). Does it matter which online option I use? Do I get a code to enter into one of the airport machines to receive the travel card, or does buying online provide a digital card I download to my phone? Thank you again – I know I asked a lot of questions – I couldn’t find any video or website which provides these details.

    • Hi Tim. T-usual is such an excellent deal right now because it’s being sold with a 50% discount due to a government initiative. Its normal price is not attractive at all. It sounds like it would be your best choice. Buy it once you arrive in Barcelona, the metro machines sell the card. All the best.

  14. Hi Tony,
    I watched several of your very informative videos. I would like to ask you about the Card Modernista. We are staying three days in Barcelona and booked online the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell tickets. Our plan was to purchase the Card Modernista to cover the in-city and air port travel, plus 10 other attractions. There are many websites with all kind of packages offered but I found only one site that offers the Card Modernista ( Is this Card legit? Why the Card is not sold/recommended by more websites? Is this website the best option to buy the Card? Thank you in advance,

  15. Hello Tony, Thank you for the informative videos! My plan was to take the R2N train to Passeig de Gracia from the airport. Our hotel is very close. We are then taking a cruise a few days later. I planned on getting a taxi to the port. After the cruise, another taxi to the airport. Also, the Hola BCN card for 48 hours. Would you advise anything different? Thank you!

  16. Hello Tony,
    I am traveling to Barcelona for a week, I saw your video and wanted your help.
    I would require to travel from airport to Rippolet area.
    I will be staying in Rippolet area and would have to travel to Barcelona city area on weekdays from 9 to 5 daily.
    Consider 5 days stay in spain, would request you to kindly share best transport pass.

  17. Hi Tony,
    I love your videos, very informative!
    My partner and I will be traveling to Barcelona for the first time. We purchased the Modernista card. We have two large luggages, what is the best way to travel from the airport to our hotel in the city? We are staying close to Universitat Station. With Metro, I understand we will need to transfer to L1 from Torrasa Station. Are there lifts or escalators available at the metro station? Or is taking the Aerobus easier?
    Many thanks from Australia.

    • Hello, Summer. If you are close to Universitat station, if you are very careful with your belongings, the Aerobus can be a good choice. If you’d like to take the metro, you’d have to change at Torrasa, there are lifts available at that station. But please watch this video of ours. Have a great trip!

  18. Hi Toni,
    We are traveling to Barcelona next month and I was wondering how to get to our hotel at Pl. d’Europa, 33, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat?

    Also what type of tickets is smarter to purchase – Hola Barcelona ot T-Usual?
    We are staying from Sunday morning will Thursday evening and traveling with a toddler, but I’m not sure about the taxi.

    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Ianina, if you are traveling light, you could take the local bus, it has a stop near your hotel. Or the metro, with a station nearby too. Otherwise, take a taxi. See our thoughts on using public transport with luggage here. Right now, for a five-day stay the T-usual is the best option. All the best.

  19. Hola Tony,
    We will be traveling to Barcelona next month. We are staying from Sunday morning till Thursday evening and I wonder if we should get the Hola Barcelona card or the T-Usual?

  20. Hola Tony,
    We will arriving at T1 and want to take the train to the city. Is it possible to take the metro from T1 to T2 and the take the train from T2? Would that route be less walking with luggage? Or is it earlier to take the bus and the walk further? We will be using the t usual tickets.
    Thanks so much.

    • Hola Nina. If you have a ticket valid for unlimited travel, such as t-usual, it’s not a bad idea to take the metro from T1 to T2, more comfortable and shorter walk than the shuttle bus. All the best!

      • Tony,
        Thanks for your help. Another quick question. Will the impending train strikes affect the train from the airport as well?
        I also wanted to say thank you for all the informative material you create. I’ve been watching your videos for months now, planning our trip, and your insight has been irreplaceable.

        • Hi Nina, the strikes could affect the airport train indeed, have an alternative plan just in case. Many thanks for your kind words, delighted to hear we have been of help!

  21. Hola Tony: My mother and I will be traveling to Sitges from the USA for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations 2023. We will be traveling on Dec 17th with 2 carry-on bags arriving at 7:00 am (T1).
    We’ll take several day trips from Sitges to the center of Barcelona and other neighboring towns.
    From your video, two T-Usual ($20) each for 2023 x 2 might be the best option. Can I purchase each individual ticket with the Renfe Cercanias app and have the individual tickets easily accessible in my iPhone?
    Should I buy the tickets at the airport?
    Is it better to have paper tickets?
    Is there a card that can contain both tickets if the phone is not an option?

    From terminal T2 take Train Renfe R2 to El Prat station and transfer to another R2 (R2 South?) to Sitges station.
    Is there a faster (different train) option?
    Can you please correct me if I’m wrong?
    Thank you for your time!


    • Hi Jay, Sitges is south of Barcelona, and to travel there you need to have a t-usual card valid for 4 zones. It might not be worth the investment. Buy one basic t-usual valid for 1 zone to move around Barcelona and a specific ticket to come and go from Barcelona to Sitges. You buy the paper tickets from the machines at the airport.
      R2 to El Prat and then train to Sitges sounds like the faster train route. You could also take bus E16 from the airport to Sitges, see the details here. All the best.

  22. Hi, Tony. We have been enjoying your videos prior to our trip to Barcelona in May.

    We arrive at BCN on May 10 and are staying at the Ocean Drive Barcelona Hotel – C/ d’Aragó, 300, L’Eixample, 08009 Barcelona, Spain. There will be two of us with three pieces of luggage.

    Thank you very much.

    • Hi Mike, two of you with three pieces of luggage sounds like you need to take a taxi, even if the cost is higher than other transport alternatives.

  23. Sorry, Tony. In my earlier post, I meant to ask you what is the best way to transit from BCN on May 10 to the Ocean Drive Hotel – C/ d’Aragó, 300, L’Eixample, 08009 Barcelona, Spain.

    Sorry for the duplicate post.

  24. Hi Tony,
    What would be the optimal itinerary for a 12-day trip to Spain? Our main interests are exploring Barcelona, Madrid, and San Sebastian. We will be there in mid-April.

    • Hi, we intend to create a consultancy service to help with queries like yours, but so far it is at a planning stage. In the meantime, this video is a good starting point for any planning. If you have any questions about the topic of this text, how to leave Barcelona airport, feel free to ask.

  25. Hi Tony, can we purchase the T-Usual pass from BCN? I realize a passport is required for the TUsual so is there a staffed station to buy the cards? Or do we scan our passports at a machine in order to buy the TUsual? Thanks

  26. Hi Tony,
    First, thank you so much for your very informative videos. Invaluable for my first visit to Madrid last year.
    Now I’m planning a trip to Barcelona and have checked your excellent videos about the city and airport. I just have two questions:
    1. Regarding the train R2N between the airport and city: If I purchase a T-usual (Zone 1) or Hola Barcelona card will they be valid to access the airport by train? I’m a little confused as I’ve seen rail maps which show the airport in both Zone 1 (Rodalies de Catalunya “Integrated Rail Network” website) and Zone 4 (Renfe website).
    2. At BCN does the T-usual card need to be purchased from the Metro machine/office or can it also be bought from the Renfe machine/office?
    Very many thanks in advance.

    • Hi Philip,
      1. there are two overlapping fare zones and some people informing about tickets in Barcelona don’t seem to understand the difference. What applies to the train is the fare zones for Barcelona metropolitan area integrated transport. The airport is within zone 1.
      2. only from machines.
      All the best.

  27. Greetings. I will be traveling to Barcelona for my first time and I will be staying at a hotel at Rocafort.i don’t intend to use a airport taxi pls what’s the best available option I can consider thanks

    • You could take the airport taxi to the final station and then line green to Poble Sec, 5 minutes away from your hotel.

  28. Thanks for your response. Please what do you mean by final station where I would take line green to poble the final station a train or bus station ?is the final station far from the airport that I have to use a taxi
    pls I saw this direction on line to evenia hotel 23-25 rocafort from the airport pls is it ok.
    Via train
    The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gràcia in 25 minutes. You can either use the T-Casual transport ticket from the airport (a ticket for 10 separate journeys on Barcelona public transport system) or you can buy a single fare ticket. You then change at Passeig de Gràcia onto the Green Line metro and travel five stops to Poble Sec. Your hotel is then 5 minutes walk from the metro.

    T-Casual Ticket: €12.15

    RENFE Train Ticket Prices
    Single ticket: €4.90

    Via Bus: Take the ‘Aerobus’ to Plaça de Catalunya from directly outside the airport. The Aerobus generally runs every 10 – 15 minutes and the journey time is 30 minutes. The hotel is not in walking distance of Plaça de Catalunya. You can take a taxi, which will take about 20 minutes. Alternatively can take the Green Line on the metro to Poble Sec. From here, the hotel is a short 5 minute walk.
    Thanks as I anticipate your Response

    • It is the final station of the airport metro line. But you can also do as you suggest, airport train to Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia and then change to green metro line traveling to Poble Sec. Faster alternative if you arrive at T2.

  29. Hi Tony I would be visiting Barcelona on June 4th arriving at T2 and my hotel accommodation is at Carrer de Campoamor, 79, Horta-Guinardó, 08031 Barcelona, Spain. Can you advise what’s the best way to get the accommodation for myself with one small cabin bag. Thank you

    • Hi, you could take the airport metro to the final station and then change to the green line and travel to Valldaura. Walk less than 10 minutes to your accommodation. All the best!

  30. Hi Tony!👋
    First of all: your Chanel is amazing and sooooo helpful! 🤩
    My question is:
    Our flight lands on saturday (22.6.) at 23.00p.m.
    and we are a family of 6 persons. Our hollidayflat is at carrier major /08830 sant boi de Llobregat.
    How can we reach there?

    If we would take a Taxi, are there Taxis that can transport 6 persons, and Do children need a special childrens-seat?

    We are staying in Barcelona until Tuesday- if we take bus/train from the airport to Our apartment, which Ticket will be the ceapest for us (we wount visit more than 2 museums)

    Thank you so much for your help💖
    And please write us if we can donate money for your Service per Paypal.

    Greatings from germany 🙋🏽‍♀️
    Anna & family😁

    • Hi Anna and family, be very welcome to our website. If you are six, take a taxi to your accommodation, as you will find out if you watch the video, Barcelona taxi fleet contains many taxi vans. Small children need a chair or booster seat, do indicate you want to taxi with such equipment and the taxi dispatcher will request one. To move between your hotel (outside Barcelona) to Barcelona you can use tickets valid for 1 zone, since both Sant Boi and Barcelona are in zone !.
      We are glad to help and don’t have a system to accept donations. But if you think our travel guides can be of help to you, you’re more than welcome to purchase them. You can check the guides for Barcelona here.
      All the best.

  31. Dear Tony,

    Thank you for such fantastic advice with the articles and videos! A treasure trove!

    I am spending a few days in Barcelona, then going to Castelldefels, and returning to Barcelona for a few more days. I was planning on purchasing the T-Usual card as it seems to be the easiest way to go between the 2 cities. What do you suggest? Or shall I just plan for a taxi between the 2 places?

    In Barcelona I will be staying along La Rambla near an L3 Metro stop. I plan to travel with a backpack and a carryon bag. I worry about pickpockets as you warn about in many of your videos. Is it reasonable to take the R2N from the Airport and transfer to the L3? How about taking the L3 and R2S from Barcelona to Castelldefels? Or shall I just plan a taxi for each of these legs.

    As an aside (and plug for your videos), your video on Montserrat is fantastic and convinced me to allocate the whole day rather than a half day trip!

    Thank you and appreciate all your helpful advice!

    • Hello Teo, right now, the T-usual card provides an unbeatable deal for those staying four days or more in Barcelona. I would just consider a taxi for the trips to and from the airport. For you hotel exchange, if you feel confident enough to use the public transport, do so. Otherwise, take the train to Barcelona Sants and then a taxi. You can rely on public transport for the rest. Have a great time in Barcelona and Montserrat!


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